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2020 Impact Report

Each year, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab prepares an annual Impact Report to celebrate the accomplishments of our community-based Quality of Life Programs, research initiatives and medical education programs — all of which is made possible through the support of our generous donors.

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Dr. Arun Jayaraman and Sara Prokup Featured on CNN

Dr. Arun Jayaraman and Sara Prokup Featured on CNN

A new Samsung-sponsored video on CNN highlights GEMS, a lightweight, robotic, hip assist hardware/software device. The video also includes soundbites from Arun Jayaraman, PhD, director, Max Näder Lab for Rehabilitation Technologies and Outcomes Research, along with footage of Dr. Jayaraman and Sara Prokup, physical therapist.

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Mission Moment: Medical Residency Program

Mission Moment: Medical Residency Program

The 40 doctors in the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Medical Residency program — the clinical training home of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R) — are on a four-year journey in which they serve as integral members of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab team and gain on-the-job training and qualify for the next phase of their careers.

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Nursing Team Represents SRAlab Virtually at ARN REACH, AMSN, ANCC Magnet & ASCIP Conferences

Nursing Team Represents Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Virtually at ARN REACH, AMSN, ANCC Magnet & ASCIP Conferences

Our nursing team represented Shirley Ryan AbilityLab at several recent conferences, all of which were held virtually this year.

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New Graduate Nurse Residents Present Evidence-Based Practice Projects

Recently, three teams of registered nurses (RNs) from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab's new Graduate Nurse Residency presented evidence-based practice project findings to the Nursing Practice Council on the following topics:

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Co-Robot Controllers for Human-Like Physical Interaction and Improved Motor Learning

This research project is working on improving the interactions between robots and humans by learning from human paired physical interaction to apply to human like robotics.

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Dr. Joanne Smith Receives Award from Chicago History Museum

Dr. Joanne Smith Receives Award from Chicago History Museum

At the Chicago History Museum's 26th Annual Making History Awards on Oct. 6, Joanne C. Smith, MD, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab president and CEO, was honored with the Enrico Fermi Making History Award for Distinction in Science, Medicine and Technology. This year, the award ceremony was held virtually.

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Allen Washington getting treatment at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

After a Hospital Stay for Covid, Patients May Face Months of Rehabilitation

Allen Washington was an active, busy executive before contracting Covid-19 this summer. After weeks in the hospital, he now faces extensive physical and occupational therapy.

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Precision Medicine Originating From Patient Derived Neurons

This project studies precision neurotrauma medicine with patient-derived iPSC-neurons to determine patient specific factors affecting clinical outcomes

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Wearable Airbag Technology to Mitigate Falls in Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease

We expect that a smart, wearable airbag system that can accurately predict falls and quickly inflate will reduce hip fractures in people with Parkinson's.

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